We often get asked, is a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Designer not an Electronics Engineer?

Surprisingly enough, these have distinct roles and responsibilities within the field of electrical engineering, and the following are a few key differences between the electronic roles:


What is an Electronics Engineer ?:

– An Electronics Engineer focuses on the design, development, and testing of electronic systems, components, and equipment.

– They work on the conceptualization and design of circuits, systems, and devices, considering factors such as functionality, performance, and safety.

– Electronics Engineers are involved in the selection and integration of electronic components, such as microprocessors, sensors, and integrated circuits, to create functional electronic systems.

– They may also be responsible for troubleshooting and repairing electronic systems, conducting research, and staying updated with advancements in electronic technology.

– Electronics Engineers typically have a broader scope of work and may be involved in various aspects of electronic system design and development.


What is a PCB Designer ?:

– A PCB Designer specializes in the layout and design of printed circuit boards (PCBs) that serve as the foundation for electronic systems.

– They work closely with Electronics Engineers to transform circuit schematics into physical PCB layouts, ensuring proper component placement, routing of electrical traces, and adherence to design rules and specifications.

– PCB Designers use specialized software tools to create the PCB layout, considering factors such as signal integrity, power distribution, and thermal management.

– They collaborate with Electronics Engineers to optimize the PCB design for functionality, manufacturability, and cost-effectiveness.

– PCB Designers may also work closely with PCB manufacturers to ensure the successful fabrication and assembly of the designed PCBs.

PCB Designer V Electronics Engineer

So, whilst both roles are essential in the process of creating functional electronic devices and systems, Electronics Engineers focus on the overall design and development of electronic systems, and PCB Designers specialize in the specific task of creating the physical layout of PCBs based on the circuit designs provided by Electronics Engineers.

For a more detail analysis of Electronic Engineer on this encyclopedia.